If you reminisce about a theatre run by an endearing frog and a chaotic cast of weird, wonderful and musically talented characters, then the Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF) is a must.
Last Sunday the GYFF got off to a lively start with the Scottish premiere of The Muppets. Clearly widely anticipated, the place was as animated as Kermit’s theatre – a buzz with children and adults who seemed equally excited.
Adding to the already electric atmosphere were the young guys and girls dressed as Kermit, Fozzie bear, Miss Piggy and Gonzo who playfully mingled with the crowed – and rightly so because they had lent a hand in choosing the films for this year’s festival on from 5-15 February.
From the opening credits I’m hooked; I hadn’t realised how much I had missed Kermie and his energetic friends. And it totally lived up to my childhood memories and more – it’s a laugh-out-loud, feel great trip down memory lane. True to the original show, the film is filled with fantastic celebrity cameos and a brilliant new rendition of Am I a Man or Am I a Muppet that will stay with me for days.
Muppets and much more
But the festival is much more than just The Muppets; it’s a fantastic offering of the best of films in a diverse and enticing programme. There are films from Sweden, Bulgaria, Germany, France and Japan alongside the master animators Makota Shinkai & Hayao Miyazaki. Pleanty of choice for the young and the young at heart.
Outside of the GFT, The Arches is showcasing short films from up-and-coming filmmakers; there’s live theatre performances, post- film discussions and master classes in film direction.
Glasgow Short Film Festival – not to be missed
And if this still isn’t enough Glasgow Short Film Festival has expanded to four full days and runs from the 9-12 February with highlights including the Scottish Short Film Award and International Film Award. The films are being shown at the Centre of Contemporary Arts (CCA) and all you late-night owl film buffs can mix and mingle till 3:00am at the Berkeley Suite.
February is a cold, dark month so make the most of it and escape into the a bright lights of cinema. Although I can’t promise that you won’t have mahnahmanah going round your head after a date with the Muppets!